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Zen Buddhism 1 day practice at the 600 years historic temple of Kasuisai in Shizuoka


Shizuoka
7 hours
up to 3 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Itinerary

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  • Zazen meditation
  • Copywriting Sutra
  • Buddhism dish (Vegetarian dish)

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What to Expect

Here at Kasuisai Temple, you can have an authentic Buddhist Zen experience for a day. Kasuisai Temple belongs to the Soto style of Zen Buddhism. It is located in the city of Fukuori (my hometown), Shizuoka prefecture. It was founded 600 years ago and has a traditional architectonic design; a Zuiryukau (guesthouse) and a Tosu (toilet), and has been designated a National Cultural Property.
To practice Zen meditation, you must sit with you legs crossed for 30 minutes in the Buddhist hall (it is important not to move during meditation), and when the time is right, the monk will smack you on the shoulder with a Keisaku (wooden stick).
Shakyou, or Sutra writing, is the traditional Japanese way of writing Kanjis (Chinese characters) on Washi (Japanese paper). Experience traditional Japanese calligraphy yourself using a brush pen and Indian ink!
Buddhist monks traditionally eat a Buddhist diet. Buddhism strictly prohibits to kill or eat animals, so is completely vegetarian, but very tasty and beautiful.
Note that this is a public event (not private). You and I (your wonderful guide) will take part in these events alongside other people.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM
Meeting Point Kakegawa Station (taken by JR bullet train *stop only Kodama express)
Ending Point Kasuisai Temple

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee (English)
Lunch (Buddhism dish)

What‘s not included

Offertory for Buddhisim practice = JPY3,800 per person
Transportation fee (JR train and local bus from Kakegawa sta. to Kasuisai temple) = approx. JPY500 per person

Important

Tour operates (2019) on Apr6, Apr20, May4, May18, Jun1, Jun15, Sep7, Sep21, Oct12, Oct19, Nov2, Nov16. *Contact to check availability on your requesting day.

Only adult can participate in this tour (over 15 years on request).
Prepare appropriate outfit for Buddhism practice (less revealing).
Accommodation can be arranged before and after the tour in the location.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Amanda Amanda Australia ( Family )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Aokigahara Forrest, Mt Fuji and Arakurayama Shrine ”

Moto is a fantastic guide, he was happy to share his local knowledge of Mt Fuji, the Forrest, and the Shrine which was exactly what we were looking for. Moto was able to accomodate my slow walking and extra stops for viewing My Fuji. I would book Moto again in a heart beat, he's amazing :)

Jonathan Jonathan United States
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Best day in Japan seeing Mount Fuji and Aokigahara Forest! ”

We had the absolute best day with Motoyuki! He was so fantastic and kind right from the pick up and made everything easy for us with helping figure out transport of where to meet him and he planned one of our most memorable days in Japan. Our itinerary on our limited time in the Fuji area he was able to show us some amazing viewpoints at the Fuji 5 lakes and took us into Aokigahara forest to the ice caves which was incredible and even to a Japanese onsen with views of Mount Fuji from the indoor and outdoor hot springs. Lunch was also amazing and we were able to try some local delicacies to the area. I highly recommend a day tour with him! Incredibly great value in hiring him as our private guide to take us to this area as having done it by ourselves would have been difficult and not nearly... read more

Roline Roline United Kingdom ( Couple )
Very Good
4 months ago

“ Mount Fuji ”

Moto-san took us to a unique spot to photograph Japan’s famous mountain. What a view,! We saw a lot, met local people, ate beautiful Sushi, ( actually the best we had), and learnt a lot. Thank you so much

Kay Kay Australia ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Kind and helpful ”

Moto-san met us as agreed despite our delays due to Golden Week that were beyond our control. He was very good keeping in touch with us and very thoughtful about our needs. His knowledge of local area around Fuji five lakes was great and he was fantastic at explaining everything to our grandson. If I go back to Japan I will be sure to contact him again.

Lynne Lynne United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Very enjoyable tour of Shimizu and Mount Fuji viewing ”

We loved our tour with Moto. He met us at the cruise terminal and took us via taxi and his car to see the sights. He took us a back way to a lovely look-out point to see Mt Fuji with the tea plantations all around us. It was so peaceful and beautiful as all the tour buses went to another spot for viewing Mt Fuji. We had no traffic or congestion. Moto is a very nice person and a wonderful guide. He also took us to downtown to experience some of the local culture.

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